When sunshine and access to island fun fits into your idea of a great getaway, taking time to travel to the beautiful island of Aruba over Thanksgiving is always a good choice. Between the amazing weather, historic sights, stunning attractions, and restaurants and shops, there’s something for everyone to savor during a Thanksgiving getaway. The following guide is a great starting point when you’re looking to make the most of your Thanksgiving in Aruba at the end of November!
Find Your Gratitude on the Sands of Palm Beach
A Thanksgiving Day getaway to the stunning island of Aruba is sure to be full of fun activities and tours. However, the amazing weather this time of year lends itself to ample time enjoyed on the sand. When you’re looking for a place to settle in and savor the sun and surf in abundance, Palm Beach often tops the list of must-visit options here on the island. A visit here makes it easy to access your Thanksgiving gratitude, especially when the sand is chalk-white, the waves are turquoise, and there are plenty of palms to top it all off in island style. Palm Beach offers up a vibrant place to spend a day on the shoreline where visitors can just as easily work on their tan as they can enjoy time swimming, snorkeling, or paddleboarding. There are also a variety of tiki bars and restaurants close to Palm Beach, making it a great place to pair impeccable flavors with outdoor fun.
Enjoy the Architecture of Oranjestad
Travelers heading to Aruba this Thanksgiving with a passion for all things architecture and culture will love every minute spent exploring Oranjestad. This inviting and exciting harbor city is the capital of Aruba and a place with a reputation for pairing modernity and old-world charm seamlessly. Across Oranjestad, visitors will find restored landmark buildings nestled between luxury retailers and high-end boutiques. Dutch Colonial architecture thrives in this part of Aruba, and those spending time admiring the sights will come across everything from gambrel roofs to second-story balconies. This type of architecture also infuses ornately decorated facades finished in stunning pastels. It’s truly a sight to see that shouldn’t be missed! Beyond the architecture, time in Oranjestad also puts visitors in reach of amazing restaurants and cafes as well as fun nightclubs and casinos if you stick around past sundown.
Pick Up Groceries and Enjoy a Homestyle Meal in Your Holiday Rental
While Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday that’s found on Aruba’s official calendar, plenty of Americans make their way to the island this time of year to celebrate. That means you’re likely to find grocery stores offering up some fun traditional favorites like turkey, cranberry sauce, and maybe even stuffing to check off your grocery list! Those who are looking to incorporate a traditional Thanksgiving meal into their Aruba getaway can pick up the essentials and head back to their luxurious vacation rental booked through Casiola Aruba while they’re in town. Property options in our holiday collection often enjoy fully equipped kitchens for guests to use for their Thanksgiving dinner in Aruba. Kitchens often include everything from spacious counters and custom cabinetry to high-end appliances and cooking and baking essentials. This makes it easier than ever for guests to serve up a Thanksgiving dinner that delights the tastebuds! When it’s time to dine, guests will find many rentals here also enjoy a large dining room table to gather around and savor a sensational holiday meal in good company!
Dive the Pedernales Wreck
For all of the land-based fun a Thanksgiving journey to Aruba offers travelers, there’s just as much adventure waiting to be discovered below the waves. This time of year is prime for diving excursions, and a great way to see some of the best diving areas around is to book a tour with Happy Divers Aruba. This company leads a tour to the Pedernales Wreck which is one of Aruba’s premier diving spots with good reason. The marine life around the wreck is spectacular, while the wreckage itself is a testament to history and time. The SS Pedernales was sunk by the Germans during WWII and continues to be a fascinating site for divers to explore today.
Explore the Ayo Rock Formations
Those with a heart for everything outdoor fun and adventure will find Thanksgiving in Aruba to be a great time to get out and explore the Ayo Rock Formations. These monolithic rock boulders are an iconic attraction on the island and were considered sacred by early settlers. A visit here is a chance to get a glimpse of carvings left in the rocks by the Arawak people that tell the story of their religious rites. While some visitors come to simply admire the setting, others come to climb the surrounding boulders and be rewarded with amazing views from the top. Either way, it’s worth adding to your holiday itinerary.
There’s never been a better time to head to Aruba in the name of fun. Browse our lineup of Thanksgiving rental options across the island and book your stay today!